In Harrieta, Michigan, a thirty-year-old man entered a Methodist church on a Sunday morning and held the congregation hostage with a rifle.

While police were en route, one parishioner asked how much the gun cost.
The man said, "$500.00."

Another man offered him $500.00 for the gun, and he accepted the offer.

The members of the congregation took up an offering for the $500.00, and the man handed the rifle over!
Then the police arrested him easily.

The church really IS a "city of refuge!"

Ps 48:2-3
1 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.
2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
3 God is known in her palaces for a refuge.

One of the names for Jerusalem is "City of God."
And another is "City of Peace."
It's rather ironical that this place has had so little peace in the history of the world.

Jerusalem is situated on a hill, with mountains overlooking it.
To the East and West are very deep valleys, and to the South are many ravines, making the city easy to defend.
The highest point of Jerusalem proper is called Mount Zion - it is where David built his palace.

When Solomon built the temple there, God promised to "dwell" among the people.

Today, the church is like Jerusalem.
The Great God, Creator and Redeemer is present there!
His praise rings through the church as the saints sing and glorify His Name!
And there, God protects His people from the "hostage takers" of the world.

It is the place of the "Great King!"
And He will be coming soon to call His people to Him!

The church is a "city of refuge," a moral oasis in a world seething in immorality.
It is the place where God's love abounds in His people.
A place where “misfits” gather and are perfectly “fit in” to the “body of Christ.”
A place where quiet moments of reflection soothe the soul.
A place where we prepare the heart to face the difficulties of the world.
A place for the teaching of truth, joy, hope and love.

What a WONDERFUL place!

Love ya!